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Editorial: Leaving nuclear treaty is a mistake

Editorial: Leaving nuclear treaty is a mistake

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 21, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The president’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty not only further confirms the United States’ international reputation as a poor partner, but it also presents a real threat to nuclear disarmament and world security.

Stop colloquializing mental illness

Stop colloquializing mental illness

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Generalizations that trivialize the constant struggle that accompanies life with a mental illness, while also perpetuating stereotypes associated with certain conditions, jeopardize mental health treatment and the progress society has made in taking these issues seriously.

Phones are damaging our mental health

Phones are damaging our mental health

By Cammy Morsberger, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

October is Mental Health Awareness month, so it's imperative that we act to unplug our devices and not only enjoy the company of others, but also improve and support our mental well-being.

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

Trump administration: a worldwide embarrassment

By Josh Gaylord, For The Pitt News

October 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump claims he’s “accomplished more than almost any administration” — but his “accomplishments” have hardly been good. The president has pushed archaic policies and eroded political alliances.

Editorial: Pa. response to church abuse insufficient

Editorial: Pa. response to church abuse insufficient

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Pennsylvania Senate had a chance to show its support for victims in the form of a bill that would allow victims of church abuse to seek justice, but in an underwhelming display of concern it declined to vote on the bill on the last voting day in legislative season.

Editorial: Riding high: United States should follow Canada’s pot legalization

Editorial: Riding high: United States should follow Canada’s pot legalization

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Canada became the second country in the world to legalize cannabis on Wednesday. The United States should follow suit — and weed out oppressive drug policies.

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

Trump mocks Ford: a tragedy for #MeToo and the country

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Trump mocked Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh — a harmful and disrespectful move. As the leader of the country, the president is responsible for emphasizing the legitimacy of important issues.

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

Pitt grad students deserve right to unionize

By Delilah Bourque, Senior Staff Columnist

October 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Graduate students may be here for an education, but at universities, including Pitt, grad students don’t just function as scholars, but employees as well. They should have the right to unionize.

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren DNA test in poor taste

Editorial: Elizabeth Warren DNA test in poor taste

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Warren’s trace amounts of Native American DNA are laughable. Native Americans still face rampant discrimination in this country, and Warren likening her life experiences to theirs is insensitive.

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

Corporations need to step up to limit climate change

By Sandy Fairclough, Staff Columnist

October 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The scientific panelists at the U.N. have proved that if we want to avoid detrimental changes to our planet’s climate, someone needs do something to address the major impact human activity is having on the planet, fast. This responsibility lands on the large corporations who have most contributed to this environmental damage.

Editorial: North Dakota law disenfranchises voters

Editorial: North Dakota law disenfranchises voters

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 15, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Supreme Court decided last week to allow a voter ID law in North Dakota that could prohibit a sizable number of Native Americans from registering to vote — a breach in democracy that should not be allowed.

Editorial: Immediate action necessary to limit affects of climate change

Editorial: Immediate action necessary to limit affects of climate change

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The fate of our planet rests in the hands of about 100 corporations, which are moving further away from the economic revolution necessary to affect climate change in large part thanks to the rollback of important EPA measures. They should be moving in the opposite direction.

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

Don’t forget self-care during midterms

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For many students, midterm season doesn’t end when tests are graded. The fear of failing or not doing as well as anticipated can loom over students and may contribute to problems later in the semester.

Editorial: Victory for Democrats: Racist committee member resigns

Editorial: Victory for Democrats: Racist committee member resigns

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Mark Salvas has made racist posts on Facebook for years. The senior members of the committee rightly encouraged him to resign — but they should screen their new hires more carefully in the future.

Op-Ed: Coming out can set you free

By Ravi Gandhi

October 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I’d like to discuss coming out as the lengthy process it is and give tips from some painfully awkward experiences I’ve had. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but very freeing as well.

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

Kavanaugh FBI investigation inadequate

By Allison Dantinne, For The Pitt News

October 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations initially seemed like a victory for those who opposed Kavanaugh, but from the start, it was clearly spun to favor Kavanaugh’s version of events.

Editorial: Taylor Swift: voting champion, politically ignorant

Editorial: Taylor Swift: voting champion, politically ignorant

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Taylor Swift took to Instagram Sunday to denounce Republican candidates and champion liberal causes. Encouraging voting is a good thing, but she’s hardly the progressive queen she paints herself as.

How Global Studies helped Martinec on the path to success

By Elise Lavallee, Digital Manager

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. At the age of 21, Alyssa Martinec boarded a plane to Shanghai, embarking on her second trip to China. This time, she was going to conduct research about air quality and the system justification theory. “Environmental issues are extreme...

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

Bill Cosby gets away with a slap on the wrist

By Ana Altchek, Staff Columnist

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for sexual assault. But that's not enough considering his horrific crimes.

Editorial: Trump’s tax fraud should concern Americans

Editorial: Trump’s tax fraud should concern Americans

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The New York Times' groundbreaking report deserves far more attention than it’s received, and it exposes the president for the hypocrite he is.

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

Amazon wage increase is not good enough

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

October 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Amazon recently announced an increase in the minimum wage for its hourly workers, but until the company enables unionization efforts, increases benefits to independent contractors and veteran workers and stops avoiding taxes, it shouldn’t receive any kudos.

Editorial: Kavanaugh hearings betrayed America’s trust

Editorial: Kavanaugh hearings betrayed America’s trust

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 8, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Kavanaugh nomination hearings were the most partisan of any to date. This poses dire consequences for the future legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

Expand, don’t revise, Columbus’ history

By Kelly Loftus, For The Pitt News

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Current American history education is inadequate and neglects the negative consequences of the actions of historical figures. On Columbus Day, it's important to recognize that our teaching of Columbus' past needs to include a full description of his actions, both positive and negative.

Editorial: Stop treating politics like a game show

Editorial: Stop treating politics like a game show

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 4, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

For a man who asks questions for a living, Trebek should know how to phrase one without dwelling on information that has no bearing on how the people of Pennsylvania will vote this November.

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

Respect the pumpkin spice latte as a cultural icon

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The haters need to back off. Pumpkin spice deserves a spot in our fall landscape. It doesn’t deserve to be loathed so strongly, and neither does the demographic that loves it so much.

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

Homecoming should build community, scrap outdated traditions

By Angela Koontz, For The Pitt News

October 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Homecoming court and football games are fun traditions, but they don’t make the most of what homecoming has to offer. Smaller networking events are better to help students interact with alumni.

Down with the monarchy

Down with the monarchy

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There is no place for homecoming court in 2018. That may sound harsh, but after all it’s just a silly tradition for students who want to have fun.

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

Last-minute picks for homecoming court

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The nominees for homecoming court are decided, and it’s too late for any last-second additions. But there’s so many contestants who were disqualified just because they’re not students — and many would totally win if they could enter. If I could decide Pitt’s homecoming king and queen, these would be my choices.

Editorial: Amazon sets great example, raises minimum wage

Editorial: Amazon sets great example, raises minimum wage

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Amazon is known for treating its employees poorly — so raising its minimum wage is a welcome decision. It’ll help nearly a quarter million people financially.

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

Patience, not partisanship, required in Kavanaugh hearings

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Senators attacked Kavanaugh and failed to ask Ford adequately probing questions — pointing to a hyper-partisan battle that hasn’t yet allowed room for a patient inquiry of the facts.

Editorial: Campus Master Plan requires strong community involvement

Editorial: Campus Master Plan requires strong community involvement

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 1, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Campus Master Plan, which is projected to take 30 years to complete, is a massive undertaking that requires a continued dialogue between the University and both students and the Oakland community.

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

Communities play major role in solving environmental issues

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As state and national governments fail to adequately protect residents from industrial emissions and a changing climate, local communities must step up to effect change on their own behalf.

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are many different types of gun violence in America today, and calling for simple, blanket solutions to such a multifaceted issue won’t solve anything, just exacerbate existing problems.

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

Editorial: Kavanaugh disqualifies himself

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 30, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Kavanaugh’s combative, evasive behavior during Thursday’s testimony didn’t just bring his innocence into question, it suggests he’s not temperamentally fit to be a Supreme Court Justice.

Rowling’s retconning is unnecessary

Rowling’s retconning is unnecessary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

In changing her own canon to presumably incorporate more diversity into her writing, she’s not adding meaningful content, nor is she being respectful in how she's introducing this supposed representation.

Eternal Evening

Eternal Evening

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As the sky is painted orange and pink, I catch you leaning as if to see it. But your eyes remain shut, and so I think, For however long it takes, I will sit By your side, holding your hand till it’s time For you to leave me. I’ll touch the darkness, Push it far away with all of it...

Blind Devotion

Blind Devotion

By Emily Pinigis, For The Pitt News

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With a tongue like a silver blade, He effortlessly entrances and seduces That velvety voice beckons not to be afraid Always a gentleman I am none the wiser I am under his spell of nightshade His precious little puppet I’ll play my part in his charade Captivating sovereign   ...

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

Prisoners deserve to be evacuated too

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

In past storms, prisoners have suffered when they haven’t been evacuated, and during Florence two people in custody died. The issue isn’t one of safety — it’s one of morality.

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

Editorial: Mattress Factory mishandles sexual assault allegations

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Mattress Factory’s been attracting attention for a recent sexual assault scandal — but the company has not handled it well. It’s just behaving like many other companies who don’t support women.

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

Voting’s not a pain, it’s a privilege

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Voting the core of America’s foundation. It’s how we distinguish ourselves from the idle subjects of a non-democratic ruler. Many modern Americans view voting as a hassle, but really it’s a privilege.

Editorial: Cosby conviction empowers sexual assault victims

Editorial: Cosby conviction empowers sexual assault victims

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 25, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Cosby’s conviction is huge for sexual assault victims — he’s the first public figure since the #MeToo movement began to be convicted — proving that victims’ accusations are valid in court.

Exploring the Boot with Grace:
Embrace your inner tourist

Exploring the Boot with Grace: <br> Embrace your inner tourist

By Grace McGinness, Columnist, Blogger

September 25, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns

Since I have arrived in Florence, the problem of tourists has been a main point of conversation with my professors. Tourists stand in the road and mess up traffic, they don’t know how to speak any Italian or adhere to any of the local customs, they don’t take the time to appreciate anything that they see here.

Editorial: Texas schools to erase important historical figures

Editorial: Texas schools to erase important historical figures

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 24, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The Texas Board of Education is denying students the opportunity to learn about individuals and events that have directly influenced their lives. This ignorance makes them less informed and less able to participate in current politics.

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

Integrate Haredi Jews with secular society

By Josh Beylinson, For The Pitt News

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Haredim must integrate with mainstream Israeli society soon, or else Israel will become a country of two divided Jewish demographics unable to work together for the common good of the nation.

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

Kaepernick doesn’t give Nike the ethical high ground

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The only message that Nike is sending in partnering with Kaepernick is that the company is willing to capitalize on someone else’s humanitarian ideas while ignoring its own inhumane system.

Editorial: New immigration proposal is unnecessarily strict

Editorial: New immigration proposal is unnecessarily strict

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 23, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The new proposal is an unfair and inhumane way to weed out immigrants whom the Trump administration deems unsuitable candidates for American citizenship.

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

Latest textbook editions put an extra burden on students

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Uncategorized

Being a college student is expensive. With average costs of books per academic year already soaring past the $1,000 mark, it only makes sense for professors to do everything they can to supplement information instead of mandating pricier new editions.

Editorial: ‘Sesame Street’ misses educational opportunity

Editorial: ‘Sesame Street’ misses educational opportunity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Bert and Ernie — the beloved roommates of “Sesame Street” — aren't gay. For a show that has made concerted efforts to portray the kind of diversity that children experience in real life, this is a disappointing revelation.

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

Editorial: Kavanaugh sexual assault investigation necessary

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Although Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh appear credible, Republicans have decided to forego an investigation — but they shouldn't be so dismissive of alleged victims.

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

Dear Pitt: without waterless urinals, urine trouble

By Joshua Jordan, Staff Columnist

September 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Installing waterless urinals is the perfect way to reduce water and energy consumption — which is a huge part of Pitt’s sustainability plan.

Emmys emulate Hollywood’s shortcomings

Emmys emulate Hollywood’s shortcomings

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 19, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Emmys ratings dropped dramatically this year — proving that Hollywood has lost touch with everyday Americans on all sides of the political spectrum. This becomes more clear with every passing awards season.

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

New Pa. prison policies only oppress prisoners

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

PA Department of Corrections unveiled a set of bureaucratic policies for prisons designed to prevent recent drug trafficking incidents. But these policies won't protect citizens or inmates.

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

Focus on science — not profit — when passing laws

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

As temperatures rise and extreme weather events become increasingly common, we need to anticipate the expected changes in climate and modify our plans for public and private infrastructure accordingly.

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when billionaires buy newspapers

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when billionaires buy newspapers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The trend of billionaires buying newspapers raises the ethical questions of how to prevent them from influencing the content published by their papers, and what kind of relationship the editorial section and the new owner should set up to ensure there is no such influence.

Editorial: Trump plays victim as Hurricane Florence hits Carolinas

Editorial: Trump plays victim as Hurricane Florence hits Carolinas

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 16, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

To argue over a death toll as a political tool is disrespectful and useless, but to do so in the midst of another deadly hurricane shows that Trump's priorities lie in defending himself and not the American people.

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Giving the power to deport naturalized citizens to ICE, an undemocratic organization dominated by the executive branch, opens the door to a multitude of injustices.

NRA goes off the rails on Thomas the Tank Engine

NRA goes off the rails on Thomas the Tank Engine

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 14, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Comparing “Thomas & Friends” characters to the KKK, as the NRA did, is neither a proper assessment of the TV show nor child-appropriate.

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

Harvard must end affirmative action policies

By Neena Hagen, Hayden Timmins, The Pitt News Staff

September 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Affirmative action programs had good intentions back in the 1960s — and good results for racial minorities — but today they’re just weapons against high-achieving minorities like Asian Americans.

Exploring the Boot with Grace

Exploring the Boot with Grace

By Grace McGinness, Blogger

September 13, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinions

During my orientation week as newly arrived first-year at Pitt, I picked up every study abroad flyer offered. I’d spent several years studying American history on U.S. soil already — I figured studying another country’s history on its soil would be a nice change of pace. Now, as a junior double...

Take a gap year before grad school

Take a gap year before grad school

By Rachel Boward, For The Pitt News

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Taking a gap year after graduation provides a break for students who’ve spent their lives in academia. It also allows students to discover a purpose outside of education and pursue job opportunities.

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

Get hired: a guide to your next job interview

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Interviews aren’t difficult because of questions — but because you can only make one first impression on a potential employer. While resumes are important, so are your appearance and mannerisms.

To go to grad school or not to go to grad school… that is the question

By The Pitt News Staff

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Our staff weighs in on whether or not they're planning on going to grad school

First days in Florence

First days in Florence

By Grace McGinness, Staff Columnist

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

I decided to study abroad when the Italian culture charmed me during mandatory language classes in high school. A land with more than 1,000 years of history and each corner with its own distinct culture, I wanted more than anything to live and learn in Italy.

Editorial: Trump disappoints as consoler-in-chief

Editorial: Trump disappoints as consoler-in-chief

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The 17th anniversary of 9/11 required a certain decorum and level of sobriety that were conspicuously absent in President Trump’s behavior outside of a prepared speech.

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

Op-ed: ’87 alumnus, former TPN editor says Pitt football is here to stay

By James S. Urban

September 11, 2018


Filed under Football, Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

In a rebuttal to former TPN editor and New York Times writer Murray Chass' op-ed, Pitt alumnus and former TPN editor says Pitt football is just a small, but important, part of the school's success.

Editorial: Obama’s speech exposes divisive politics

Editorial: Obama’s speech exposes divisive politics

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 11, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Obama’s assessment of today’s polarized political climate in his speech is largely correct. Trump’s election reflects a recent exacerbation of the already vast political divides in our country.

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

Education, not cameras, will solve student safety issues

By Sandy Fairclough, For The Pitt News

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Until Pitt starts informing students about general safety in Oakland, cameras, SafeRider and other safety features around campus won’t be effective — so they won’t protect Pitt students.

Serena Williams controversy mars U.S. Open

Serena Williams controversy mars U.S. Open

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Serena Williams was mistreated by the umpire during the U.S. Open final — but it’s not surprising. These calls are a blatant attempt to stifle Williams’ success in a sport dominated by white men.

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Appoint Kavanaugh

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Judge Kavanaugh would make an excellent Supreme Court justice. In an era where the legislative branch delegates superfluous amounts of power to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh strictly opposes this.

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

Point-Counterpoint: Don’t appoint Kavanaugh

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

September 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Kavanaugh's record as a U.S. circuit judge and his behavior during his confirmation hearings show he is a liar who doesn't follow the precedent of courts before him — which will be disastrous for the American people, especially women.

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

Op-ed: Pitt alumnus, former New York Times sports writer says time’s up for Pitt football

By Murray Chass

September 9, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinions, Sports, Sports Columns

Former Pitt News editor Murray Chass — also known for contributing to The New York Times and Associated Press — doubles down on his 60-year old stance regarding Pitt football.

Editorial: Op-ed reveals fractured democracy

Editorial: Op-ed reveals fractured democracy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

The New York Times' anonymous op-ed reveals a rupture in our democracy by painting those surrounding the president as heroes for running the nation behind the president’s back, rather than taking the responsible measure of removing him from office.

Poetry: Move-in on Meyran

Poetry: Move-in on Meyran

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

cars parallel parked not quite bumper to bumper on residential streets minivans and moving vans packed to capacity trunks and doors slam open and shut people coming and going in and out of apartments carrying a couple chairs up the stairs mattresses held above their...

Poetry: Flash Through Four Years

Poetry: Flash Through Four Years

By Maggie Koontz, Senior Columnist

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

first year here, eyes full of wonder and optimistic at heart. a taste of freedom far from my home. my dorm is not my own. a stranger in this city. sophomore scene isn’t what it seems. I am split be- tween two cities, not houseless, feeling homeless. everything minor is major ...

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

With the federal government waging a war against the environment, state and local authorities must enforce air quality regulations to protect public health.

Editorial: Kaepernick campaign: great for Nike, a touchdown for equality

Editorial: Kaepernick campaign: great for Nike, a touchdown for equality

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 5, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Nike's 30th anniversary campaign ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has sparked outrage all over social media — but free publicity is great for the sports giant. And sponsoring Kaepernick's cause ensures social justice will get more attention.

Editorial: Pitt’s new surveillance cameras: well-intentioned, but not useful

Editorial: Pitt’s new surveillance cameras: well-intentioned, but not useful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 4, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Increased surveillance may seem like a step in the right direction — it could bolster security in Oakland where thousands of Pitt students reside and attend class. But Oakland isn’t in dire need of more security — and installing cameras will hardly combat domestic violence, which is one of the primary reasons they were implemented in the first place.

Pitt’s community action plan won’t improve fraternity conduct

Pitt’s community action plan won’t improve fraternity conduct

By Hayden Timmins, For The Pitt News

September 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The new community action plan — which lifts Pitt's Greek Life probation from January — makes steps toward reforming frat culture at Pitt. It's a great first step, but not nearly enough to eradicate these appalling drug- and alcohol-related “accidents” at fraternities.

Editorial: Remember ongoing efforts of PA labor unions

Editorial: Remember ongoing efforts of PA labor unions

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 3, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions, Uncategorized

The first Monday in September serves to remind us of the challenges and setbacks labor unions in continue to face today as they work to improve the lives of their members.

Reality TV needs to treat harassment more seriously

Reality TV needs to treat harassment more seriously

By Anne Marie Yurik, Staff Columnist

September 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Incidents of misconduct or harassment should be presented in a more serious way on TV since they can impact not only those involved but also viewers and how they might react or respond to similar circumstances.

Reduce use of antibiotics in agriculture

Reduce use of antibiotics in agriculture

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It’s unnecessary and harmful to consumers to treat unafflicted creatures with antibiotics, and it’s cruel to inflate the growth of animals on industrial farms.

Cartoon: August 31, 2018

Cartoon: August 31, 2018

By Daniel Spack, Staff Illustrator

August 30, 2018


Filed under Cartoons, Opinions

Harsher hazing law is a step in the right direction

Harsher hazing law is a step in the right direction

By Maggie Durwald, Opinions Editor

August 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Other states should model Tim’s Law to adopt harsher stances against hazing — to do so, they’ll need the help of activists like the Anti-Hazing Coalition as well as universities and Greek life.

Editorial: RMU’s new scholarship: great first step, but not enough

Editorial: RMU’s new scholarship: great first step, but not enough

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Since many students eventually settle in the same area where they went to college, keeping talented students in Pennsylvania is important to ensure a flourishing job market. Exorbitant college tuition rates only push students out of the state.

Editorial: Eliminating superdelegates is the best policy for democrats

Editorial: Eliminating superdelegates is the best policy for democrats

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 29, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

But since superdelegates have never voted against the decisions of primary voters, granting special voting rights to party officials — including elected Democrats — never had any real influence on the election. And if Washington elites did have the audacity to vote against their base, they could throw the Democratic party into a hugely divisive state.

Philippine Nationality Room highlights need for diversity

Philippine Nationality Room highlights need for diversity

By Grace McGinness, For The Pitt News

August 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The Philippine Nationality room is an important step in diversifying the Nationality Rooms, 20 of which represent white European countries.

Bike lanes are for cyclists only

Bike lanes are for cyclists only

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

August 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Drivers in Pittsburgh should support the development of bike infrastructure in the City, because it will not only make rides safer for cyclists — it will also ensure that bicycles come into less contact with cars, alleviating stress that drivers could face.

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when employing school resource officers

Editorial: Boundaries necessary when employing school resource officers

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 27, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

To create a safe environment free of brutality, there needs to be an enforced divide between students and school resource officers. Rather than consider them responsible for discipline, it would be better to call them security officers and set their main function as external security.

Catholic Church bears collective responsibility for sex crimes

Catholic Church bears collective responsibility for sex crimes

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor

August 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

For decades, the Catholic Church has been hammered with sexual abuse allegations in countless dioceses across the globe — and just last week, six Pennsylvania dioceses joined that list in dramatic fashion.

Courses to spice up your fall schedule

Courses to spice up your fall schedule

By Maggie Durwald, Opinions Editor

August 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Whether you want a course to fulfill a gen-ed requirement or decided to tweak your schedule so you can get out of that 8 a.m. lecture, here’s a list of 10 quirky, interesting courses offered this fall semester.

Editorial: McCain deserves respect for continued integrity

Editorial: McCain deserves respect for continued integrity

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

August 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

McCain’s devotion to what he thought was right in spite of party lines show his undeniable commitment to the United States, willingness to work with all sides and a strong belief in fighting for one’s country.

Host families enrich the study abroad experience

Host families enrich the study abroad experience

By Anna Bongardino, Contributing Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

The most valuable experiences I had in Morocco were those that couldn’t have been more different from life in the United States — and that I would not have experienced had I stayed with other American students instead of my host family.

Pitt’s Public Health building is no longer Parran Hall – now what?

Pitt’s Public Health building is no longer Parran Hall – now what?

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Writer

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to rename Parran Hall in July. But the question of what the building’s new name should be remains — as well as how Pitt should go about renaming it.

Pittsburgh will have to prepare if Amazon arrives

Pittsburgh will have to prepare if Amazon arrives

By Brian Gentry, Senior Columnist

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Amazon is expected to announce later this year where it will house its HQ2. Regardless of the company’s decision, Pittsburgh’s best course of action is to develop preventative policies.

Point: Plastic straw bans are a beneficial beginning

Point: Plastic straw bans are a beneficial beginning

By Joshua Jordan, For The Pitt News

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

The growing trend among cities and corporations of banning plastic straws is an attainable undertaking that will benefit the environment and human health.

Counterpoint: Plastic straw bans are an erroneous endeavor

Counterpoint: Plastic straw bans are an erroneous endeavor

By Neena Hagen, Senior Columnist

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

These policies may be well-intentioned, but one glance at the data reveals they are misguided, unnecessary and even potentially harmful.

Campus ‘Goatscapers’ help the environment, look cute

Campus ‘Goatscapers’ help the environment, look cute

By Maggie Durwald, Senior Columnist

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

While the 12 goats the University employed seems like only one small step in the ambitious Pitt Sustainability Plan, it has had a big effect.

State should step up to address rising tuition

State should step up to address rising tuition

By Janine Faust, Opinions Editor

August 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions, Welcome Back 2018

Pennsylvania colleges have some of the highest average tuition rates in the country. But instead of taking action to address the roots of the state’s student debt crisis, the state responded by introducing a new program that encourages families to prepare for when they fall victim to it.

5 obsolete jobs we need to bring back

5 obsolete jobs we need to bring back

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

July 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

There’s plenty of best-paying job lists you may feel tempted to pore over. But before you do, consider the careers that fell by the wayside in the past decades or centuries.

City should keep improving bus routes to Downtown for all

City should keep improving bus routes to Downtown for all

By Brian Gentry, Senior Columnist

July 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

It is vital that the city delivers on its promise to provide quick access to Downtown for the communities that need it most.

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